Results tagged ‘ Daytona Cubs ’

4/17 Soler to return Thursday – UPDATE

Jorge Soler’s five-game suspension is over, and he was expected back in Daytona’s lineup on Thursday. Cubs farm director Brandon Hyde told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that’s when Soler would return.

“It’s time for him to get back to playing,” Hyde said.

Soler had been at the Cubs’ extended spring training camp in Mesa, Ariz., after being suspended last week by the Florida State League for “charging” the Clearwater Threshers’ dugout — with bat in hand — last Wednesday night during a game in Daytona. Soler played in games in Mesa on Saturday and Monday, going 1-for-8 with three strikeouts.

Soler, 21, who signed a nine-year $30 million contract with the Cubs last June, was batting .435 with two home runs and four RBIs before the incident.

Daytona manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he talked to Soler Sunday.

“I called him to say ‘hi’ and let him know that I was thinking of him,” Keller told the News-Journal. “He told me he was doing good, and he must have thanked me four or five times for calling him. Other guys on the team have called him to let him know they were thinking of him, too.”

Keller said he looked forward to Soler rejoining the Daytona Cubs.

“I like Jorge, and from a baseball standpoint and a development standpoint, I’d love to have him back, because he was doing some really good things on the field,” Keller said. “There’s a lot of good things that are potentially going to happen with this guy.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/2 Minor League report

Chris Volstad gave up four runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 5-4 loss to Omaha on Friday night. Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters both homered. Jackson had three hits and also a walk, and was batting .256. Vitters had two RBIs which came on his two-run, game-tying homer in the eighth, and was batting .276. Anthony Rizzo, named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for the second straight month, was not in the lineup. He has not played since last Sunday because of a sore right wrist.

Trey McNutt gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Huntsville. McNutt is 3-4 with a 2.68 ERA for the season. Jim Adduci had three hits and Matt Cerda and Michael Burgess each had two hits.

Matt Loosen gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in Daytona’s 16-7 win over Fort Myers. Micah Gibbs hit his third homer and Nelson Perez had two hits, including his ninth home run.

Daytona’s Austin Kirk, Arismendy Alcantara, Nelson Perez, Greg Rohan and Matt Szczur were named Florida State League Mid-Season All-Stars on Friday. The Daytona coaching staff will lead the FSL North team at the All-Star Game as a result of winning the 2011 FSL Championship. Manager Brian Harper, pitching coach Marty Mason, hitting coach Desi Wilson, trainer Pete Fagan and strength and conditioning Coach Ed Kohl earned the honors.

Michael Jensen gave up two unearned runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 8-6 win over Burlington. Pin-Chieh Chen hit his second homer and Paul Hoilman had two hits and three RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs Minor League report

Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).

* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.

* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.

“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.

“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”

— Carrie Muskat


9/8 Cubs Minor League report

Double-A Tennessee opens the best of five North Division Championship Series on Thursday against Chattanooga. The Lookouts took the season series, 13-11. Brooks Raley (8-10, 4.22) was slated to start for Tennessee. The Smokies finished first in the North in the first half but manager Brian Harper said he had a different team in the second half.

“The first half we had the Brett Jacksons, the [Ryan] Flahertys, the [DJ] LeMahieus, the so-called prospects of the organization,” Harper said. “The second half has been more about the Ty Wrights, [Jim] Adducis, [Blake] Lallis and [Steve] Clevengers, the guys who have been here a while.”

* Daytona evened its best of three Division Series against Dunedin with a 3-1 win Wednesday. Jeff Antigua, 21, gave up one run on four hits over seven innings for the win. Matt Szczur hit a sixth inning solo homer and Justin Bour and Elliot Soto each drove in a run. The deciding game is Thursday. Matt Loosen (2-3, 4.42) is slated to start for the D-Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat